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Hollow body size guide

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SubliminalKid, May 7, 2020.


  1. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
    I've been searching for body dimensions of semi/ Hollow basses but have come out empty.
    For example, How big is the body of a Gibson Eb-2? a Jack Casady? a Höfner Verythin? Guild? And so on

    Anybody that can help?
     
  2. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Several years ago I was searching for similar and, IIRC, the ones you mention are about 16" wide and 2" deep at the rims and fatter in the middle of the body due to the arching. The Verythin is about 1.25" deep.

    I went with the Hofner Ignition Club bass which is about 12.5" wide and 2" deep at the rim.
     
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  3. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
    Thanks! Some Gretsch seem to be another size, right?
     
  4. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Broadkaster.JPG Hollow body Gretsch basses are, for the most part, adaptations of their hollow body guitars. My '94 Broadkaster, for example, is a G6119BO-LH (B for bass; O for Orange; LH for left hand. Yes, it's an actual factory lefty). If it was just a G6119-O, it would be an orange Tenneseean guitar. Which is one of their larger, deeper bodied guitars. Gretsch does publish their instrument's dimensions on their website - or used to...:cool:
     
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  5. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Welcome.

    I had a Gretsch G5442BDC for about a year and I remember it being similar in size to the others you mentioned, maybe a bit thinner but not like the Verythin.
     
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  6. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
    Thank you kindly. Great looking bass that one
     
  7. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    The Guild Starfire bass body is almost the same size as a Gibson ES-335 guitar, and like the 335, it is semi-hollow (with a solid block running down the middle) not completely hollow. Body is about 18-1/2" long and the lower bout about 16-1/4" wide. I imagine it's the same body used for the double-cutaway Starfire guitars.

    The body thickness has varied a little over the years:
    •Current production and (I believe, but don't have one to check) the 1960s/70s production, usually loaded with Bi-Sonics, are 1-5/8" thick
    •MIA, bass Guildbucker-loaded re-issues from the 1990s are a hair thinner at about 1-9/16". The cases for these thinner ones are also not as deep as the ones for the others and generally have 7 latches instead of 5.
     
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  8. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
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    1990s SF-II re-issue (MIA) on left...2015 SF-I (MIK) on right
     
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  9. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
    A thing of beauty! Any recording?
     
  10. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I wish there were more hollow bodies on the market - especially closer to the lower end where I dwell. :)
     
  11. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
    I hear you! Most shops don't carry them so it's impossible to test them.
     
  12. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    Here is a demo of an (MIK) Guild SF-I:



    A 1990s (MIA) SF-II is featured in this clip:

     
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  13. BarfanyShart

    BarfanyShart

    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    I was just looking for a broken hollow body to make an arcade stick for fighting video games. Quarantine is giving me weird ideas for unproductive projects.
     
  14. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
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  15. SubliminalKid

    SubliminalKid

    Feb 23, 2016
    Did you get them used?
     
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